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CEO of Uganda-based SolarNow resigns

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SolarNow sells and installs customized solar energy solutions, focusing on the entrepreneurial class in Uganda and Kenya. Image credit: Disrupt-Africa
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Willem Nolens, CEO and founder of SolarNow, resigned on Tuesday, the company said in a statement.

Based in Kampala, SolarNow is an off-grid solar company with operations in Kenya and Uganda.

The statement published on the company website says that Lars Johannisson and Daniel Wellington will jointly lead the company going forward.

Johannisson is currently the COO while Daniel Wellington is the CFO.

Willem Nolens, who had been CEO for 8 years, will now serve as an advisor to SolarNow, a role that will see him focus on Fund Raising, Investor Relations, and Strategy.

“I am confident that Lars and Daniel will lead this company with the same passion as I have done and look forward to continuing as SolarNow’s advisor to further strengthen the foundation we have built over the last eight years. With its strong workforce and client-centric approach, SolarNow is well-positioned to become and remain a firm market leader for customized energy solutions in Africa,” Nolens said, according to the statement.

Willem Nolens

Willem Nolens. Image credit: SolarNow

The company has, during the last 12 months, invested heavily in its senior leadership team.

SolarNow chairman Pieter Walhof says: “We would like to thank Willem for his commitment and contribution to the company and for providing the space to give the leadership team full ownership. This is an important step in moving from a founder-led environment to a professionally managed and structured company and pave the way to sustainable growth”.

SolarNow sells and installs customized solar energy solutions, focusing on the entrepreneurial class in Uganda and Kenya.

The company already serves over 40,000 clients from 58 branches in Uganda and West Kenya with over 600 full-time employees.

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